Sunday, February 13, 2011

Orange Cube Brings Life to Lyon, France / Jakob + MacFarlane - eVolo | Architecture Magazine

Designed by Jakob + MacFarlane as a part of an urban planning project to replenish the docks of lyon, the five-storey orthogonal cube plays off the fluid movement of the river saône, exploring the effects of subtraction and voids on the quality and generation of space. Built on a regular framework of 29 x 33 m, the structure stands autonomously on the site, a wharf with a predominantly industrial background. The most noticeable element of the design - its bright orange shade - is an abstraction of lead paint, an industrial color often used for harbor zones. The external skin is a light facade, punctured with a pixilated pattern that resembles trailing droplets, a reference to the adjacent river’s flow. This porous envelope allows sightlines and natural daylighting while establishing a distinct identity for the building.
The structural regularity of the cube is broken on the north-west corner which faces the river. Conic in form, the large, diagonally-running void generates new space: a large atrium is created which is circumscribed by a series of outdoor corridors that connect the office platforms together. The facade is pulled into the depth of the volume, resulting in a shift in interior/exterior relations, as well as facilitating light and views. Another volumetric subtraction on the entry and roof level establish direct relations between the building, its users, and the site.
Featuring a double-height layout, the ground floor accommodates a design showroom. The display concept, which was also created by jacob + macfarlane architects, was developed as an extrapolation of the ‘orange cube’s architectural language. taking the treatment of the facade, a three-dimensional volume was generated for an L-shaped wall that wraps around the space. Sixty ‘alvéoles’ are used to display furniture pieces, while the unit as a whole define the circulation of the floor.
Images ©Nicolas Borel
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Aral Sea: a large lake became a desert ..

The Aral Sea is a landlocked lake, almost "inland sea" in Central Asia. Divided between Kazakhstan and Karakalpakstan, an autonomous region of Uzbekistan, at an altitude of 49 m.
The Aral Sea was once the third largest lake in the world after the Caspian Sea and the Upper Lake (Lake Superior) of America, with an area of 68,000 square kilometers, about half of Greece, with a maximum depth of 70 m.
From the 1960's shrinking steadily as the two rivers that fed it, Sir Daria and Amu Daria, was diverted from the Soviet Union to the desert for feed the irrigation. In 2004 the lake had shrunk to 24% of its original size, and five times the salinity of killing virtually all the flora and fauna housed.
The year 2007 was 10% of its original size and split into three separate lakes, two of which are too salty to host fish. The villages that used to flourish on the shores of today simply can accommodate boats ashore, and suffer from unemployment and economic recession.


I was amazed, watching the video made by a young student.
Along with the admiration I felt a sadness
Perhaps we the oldest , to have greater loss of vision as usual we think about.
Therefore we can not see the world as it really is.
Children, however, see things in the true side.

See the video below, how he sees the world, a student 15 years old,
and consider all of us, our responsibilities to our children, to our world

Michael Balaroutsos Architect

MYTH AND COINS-Corinthian Coin, depicting Timoleon

In 345 BC, Corinth has regained some strength and sends Timoleon at the request of Syracuse in Sicily to repel the Carthaginians who conspire against the island. Timoleon is an example of a person dedicated to democracy. Plutarch wrote his biography stated with obvious respect for him.
He arrived in Sicily with only 1000 soldiers and 10 triremes and managed to crush surprisingly superior enemy forces and n restore democracy in the Sicilian cities. The climax of the successes was the defeat of which consists of 70,000 men Punic army in Lilyvaio June 341 BC, having at its disposal 5000 pedestrians and 1000 horsemen.
It used its immense power and reputation gained for selfish purposes rather than the end of his life was spent in securing democracy in Sicily as a result, when blinded, the Syracusans sent a special trolley to come to the Church of the city
He was buried in the Syracuse market, and around his tomb they built a gym called "Timoleonteio" sign of honor and respect from the Syracusans.

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